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suzanne malveaux traveling with the president this morning. she'll join us live with the latest on his departure. >>> seven former members of the u.s. air force claiming aliens in ufos have visited earth to deliver a warning. and they want the government to come clean. could it be that we have been visited by e.t.? >> hope so. >>> meantime, the a.m. fix blog is up and running. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> we begin with a developing story out of iraq. an american service member now in custody suspected of fatally shooting two u.s. soldiers and wounding a third. >> military officials say they died in a "noncombat incident" in fallujah. barbara starr is live at the pentagon. this is a very, very tragic story. what are your sources telling you about what may have happened? >> well, john and kiran, this is the most terrible news for two military families, of course. the military announcing it does have a soldier in custody regarding this case. the man in custody is identified by the military as specialist neftali platero. suspected in shooting deaths of two soldiers. the two men died in this in
. >> reporter: well, katie, yes, they are. u.s. and european officials say the plot called for a spectacular multipronged attack on numerous cities in great britain, france, denmark, and germany. teams of terrorists, trained by an al qaeda-linked group along the pakistan-afghan border, plan to carry out commando-style shooting sprees. patterned on the mumbai attacks of 2008. sources describe the plot as credible, but say it was discovered at an early stage and had not gone operational. still, terror experts say there is much they don't know. >> the only thing i think that is fairly, fairly concrete is that it would have taken place in germany and other european countries. >> reporter: intelligence officials are concerned that squads of trained terrorists are still on the loose, so plot has not been completely wrapped up. >> they know that al qaeda intends to send operatives into western capitals with mumbai-style attacks against soft targets in cities. but they don't know who they are. they don't necessarily know where they are. 7. >> reporter: while there is no indication this particular pl
afford it. get california working again-for all of us. >> couric: tonight the threat of terror, a plot is uncovered for a series of attacks across europe and prosecutors say a simulation shows that the failed attack in times square would have been devastating. i'm katie couric. also tonight, new safety questions about regional jets. after landing gear failures on a number of canadian-built planes. >> stay down! stay down! >> couric: and a new treatment for the most common cancer in babies and children produces exciting results. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. the world watched stunned as terrorists trained in pakistan attacked mumbai, india, nearly two years ago. they killed more than 170 people and wounded 300. now officials say terrorists tied to al qaeda have been planning new attacks just like it in europe, and some of the recent c.i.a. drone attacks in pakistan may have been launched to disrupt the plot. justice correspondent bob orr is following t
, we have with us, thank god, publisher and owner of the "daily news." mort zuckerman, great to have you here. a good show today. >> looking great. >> a handsome boy, isn't he? >> great. >> strapping. >> did i miss something? >> no. >> big show today. colin powell will be with us, and alma powell will be with us at the 8:00 hour. >> general powell and his wife, alma. >> part of education nation. they will talk about something specifically near and dear to their hearts an organization they have been working on for years and a goal in life to make a difference. what's so funny? >> it's been a great week. i'm happy. glad to see you happy. willie. >> no, it hasn't, actually. broadcasting has been great. >> i'm playing this game under protest until i get a new chair. >> also, we have dockmentarian and baseball historian, ken burns on the show tonight. >> did you see that? it's fabulous. >> i will do the news and pretend you all aren't here. >> let's go to the news. >> why would you say that? >> that's awful. >> what have we done? >> you want me to tell everyone what you said before the sh
after blaming the u.s. for the 9/11 attacks. we'll talk with sarah shourd, the american hiker locked up in iran more than a year about what life was like in prison. >>> and mom arrested as these two girls fight, you can hear the mother of one of them cheering on her daughter. >> get her, sarah. get her, sarah. >> now she faces charges of child abuse. early this friday morning, september 24th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> the weekend is upon us. good friday morning to all of you. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> i'm harry smith. >> let's get right to the dangerous flooding. heavy rains left many areas covered in several feet of water and more rain in the forecast today. holly wagner of minneapolis station wcco-tv brings us up to date from owatonna minnesota. >> reporter: here in southern minnesota, the intense early autumn rain triggered flooding that flooded homes, the water kept rising through the night and the rain isn't over yet. the high water forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. floodwaters overwhelmed the town of owatonna where residents battled
ever. there have also been u.s. helicopters targeting militants in pakistan. three strikes this month. also a record. the news of the increased threat from pakistan and the stepped-up drone attacks, comes as "obama's wars" shakes up from the pentagon to kabul. bob woodward describing intense white house sessions last fall, pitting president obama against his military leadership. with the war in afghanistan getting worse by the day, the president wanted a number of options on the table, before deciding on a new strategy. but author, bob woodward, told diane sawyer, mr. obama was getting only one option from the military leaders. committing at least 40,000 troops. >> at one of the meetings, if i can quote him directly, he says, i'm pissed. and he is. they keep coming back about details. >> reporter: finally, the president grew so frustrated, he sat down and dictated a six-page document, defining the military mission. a mission he said required significantly fewer troops than the 40,000 minimum the military wanted. >> i have determined that it is in our vital national interest, to send a
for our schools at the time of crisis for our country. follow us on twitter. up next, tom brokaw right here. >>> held loaf. i would like to welcome you to our education nation summit. it's our children, our grandchildren. representing nothing less than our future and the 3.1 million teachers in the united states, those who help meld our children into future businessmen, engineers, politicians, teachers, whatever we are begins in the american classroom, but there is a problem just over the horizon. many of our teachers and principals are part of the baby boom generation. in fact, a study conducted by the national commission on teaching and the future found more than one many of our nation's veteran teachers and principals will be retiring over the next decade. a wave of retirlt expected to reach its peak sometime during this school year. so today we're going to talk about solutions to this this problem. joining me here at rockefeller center is secretary of education arne duncan. how he hopes to fill the classrooms with a new generation of educators. over the next hour the secretary will
house war room. he'll join us live this morning. >> i know you're looking forward to sitting down with him. >>> also, a new government study out this morning of what women earn in the workplace. more women are working in management. but have they closed the pay gap with men. the numbers are out. >>> we begin with the two developing stories this morning. martha raddatz is standing by in washington on the missile strikes. let's go right to jake tapper, traveling with president obama, in new mexico, who broke the news on his chief of staff last night. looks like it's going to happen this week, right, j >> reporter: that's right, robin. although no final official decision has been made because of family considerations, white house officials expect a final announcement on friday. rahm emanuel has never been coy about being at the head of the city with shoulders. >> one day, i would like to run for mayor, of the city of chicago. that's always been an ambition of mine. >> reporter: with richard daley's announced exit, chicago democrats began angling to replace him. putting pressure on em
to confront kids bullying his disabled daughter. and now, he says, he learned something for all of us. >>> good evening. think of it as a one, two, three political punch. exactly six weeks to go until the november election, and three of the most famous names in america are heading out to fight for their candidates. first lady michelle obama, now joining former president bill clinton and former alaska governor sarah palin, as the power hitters on the campaign trail. and the president, well, today, we learned that as the elections loom, he is going to shake up and rebuild his economic team. more on that in a minute. but we'll begin with our senior ut to hit the campaign trail. the white house calls her the closer. and with time running out for congressional democrats, they're sending her in. the first lady's political travel schedule reads like a who's who of endangered democrats. she'll stump in wisconsin for russ feingold, illinois for alexi giannoulias, who is running for the president's old senate seat, colorado for michael bennet, washington state for patty murray and california fo
worse. >>> under fire. the iranian president sparks a u.n. walk-out after blaming the u.s. for the 9/11 attacks. we'll talk with sarah shourd the american hiker locked up in iran more than a year about what life was like in prison. >>> and mom arrested as these two girls fight, you can hear the mother of one of them cheering on her daughter. >> get her, sarah! >> now, she faces charges of child abuse early this friday >> now, she faces charges of child abuse early this friday morning, september 24th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> the weekend is upon us, good friday morning to all of you. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> i'm harry smith. good morning. >> a busy new days around here so let's get to the dangerous flooding in wisconsin and minnesota where heavy rains left many areas covered in several feets of water and there's even more rain in the forecast today. poly wagner of our minneapolis station brings us up to date this morning from owatonna, minnesota. >> reporter: here in southern minnesota the intense early autumn rain triggered flooding that knocked out roads and flooded homes.
: and by the president, the night before mother's day. >> this is a tough holiday for rahm emanuel because he's not used to saying the word "day" after "mother." >> reporter: two years ago, the president pressured emanuel to become his chief of staff, thinking emanuel's experience as a member of congress and former political director for the clinton white house would be indispensible for the president's ambitions agenda. a job he said he would do for at least two years. >> reporter: are you here until the end of 2010 for sure? >> yes. >> reporter: beyond? >> mind if i talk to my wife first about it? >> reporter: but he made no secret of his desire to head to the city with big shoulders. >> one day, i would like to run for mayor of the city of chicago. that's always been an aspiration of mine even when i was in the house of representatives. >> reporter: so from almost the very moment chicago mayor richard daley announced he would not seek re-election, emanuel and the president began talking about his departure. white house officials praised emanuel today for successfully strategizing for and pushing thro
sometimes it's a monday. thanks, everybody, for inviting us in your home. that's it for "special report." fair, balanced. we'll straighten it out. we'll straighten it out. unafraid. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> shepard: breaking now at fort bliss army base in texas. another shooting. details coming shortly. sit down with mahmoud ahmadinejad. i'm shepard smith. this is fox news. >> we have never sought to dominate others. >> shepard: the iranian leader at the united nations general assembly and speaking out the nuclear program. the americans still held prisoner. and why he says the future belongs to iran. genetically engineered animals on your dinner table. the feds making a major decision about whether companies can sell scientifically modified food. tonight, is it safe to eat? plus, the great recession is over. tonight, the official word from economists and what it actually means for our recovery. first from fox this monday night, unemployment rate above 9%, it probably doesn't feel like an accurate diagnosis, but it is. economy cannists sigh the longest reces
♪ is to love... some people call us frick and frack. we do finger painting. this is how grandpa and i roll. ♪ and i do [ pins fall ] grandma's my best friend. my best friend ever. my best friend ever. ♪ [ laughing ] [ boy laughs ] ♪ to know, know, know you after this we're gonna get ice cream. can we go get some ice cream? yeah. ♪ and i do ♪ and i do ♪ and i do >>> breaking news, president obama's right-hand man, chief of staff, rahm emanuel, is stepping down. sources say he's running for the mayor of chicago. we have two great democrats to talk about it. >>> politicians distort the truth in hopes of winning your votes. you'll see how they play fast and loose with the facts. we're keeping them honest. and a democrat and republican. >>> and remember eddy bernice johnson? remember her? she was supposed to steer money to help needy kids go to college. she steers the money into the pockets of her own relatives but then when she talks about it she refuses to take blame and won't say what happened. she's spoken about it again today and and her story tonight is pretty stunning. >>> an
is a big concern as the downpours continue to hit us, coming through overnight and into the morning hours. the rain picking up on us moments ago. the worst of what we're being told is dealing with this all morning and not going away any time soon as we're expected to continue dealing with the flooding and water collecting and gathering in south florida as the day goes on. harry? >> thank you very much. we want to go to dave price and find out where this storm is headed. good morning, sir. >> you know what? she was right. just beginning to see the storm pick up. not well organized right now but goes over the florida peninsula, south florida, out into the atlantic and where it gets energy. and that rotation is going to be more well formed. the biggest concerns, once it moves through florida, rolling into the carolinas, places like wilmington already pounded and another three, possibly to eight inches of rain expected as this system begins to zoom on up the coast. and again, it is going to follow a quick path all the way through to the northeast. but the biggest concerns tomorrow, what could
the line? >> the fbi has long used them as an example, has long had resources devoted to both. i will tell you going back to 2007 and 2008, they have had to devote increasing resources to this domestic extremist. we've seen cases, we've seen arrests in places like michigan as a result of those resources. >> bart, there's two big issues in your piece. number one, these groups, militia groups that have spread up under the patriot banner, if you will, correct me if i'm mischaracterizing it. then the lone wolfs, people who radicalized themselves and share information on the internet. one of them is the holocaust museum shooter. you say in your reporting, i made phone calls to verify this, that he shot the guard in the holocaust museum, but they found that he wanted to kill david axelrod, the president's top adviser. >> that's absolutely right. he considered a number of targets and he thought the president, himself, was too hard to get to. in his world view the jews ran everything, obama was a puppet on what he called his jew owners. in that sense axelrod was a more valuable target to him than
. here, folks are used to the big sioux river rising after heavy rain but not like this. >> what went through my head, boy, i better get all my stuff. >> reporter: in western wisconsin, too, sunday was a day for rummaging through water-logged homes and belongings. troy lives in the hard-hit town of arcadia. >> phone calls from friends letting me know flooding was occurring in arcadia. i got up and my house was already full. >> reporter: wet fields will keep farmers from what they hoped would be an early harvest. even after these parts dry out, the flood threat continues. this high water will swell the mississippi river and could threaten iowa in early october. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >>> a military tribunal will be held in the case of an american soldier charged in the grisly murders of civilians in afghanistan. the 22-year-old army specialist jeremy morelock is charged with the premeditated murders of three civilians and photographing his alleged victims. he is one of 12 soldiers charged with similar crimes. today's hearing will decide if he will be formally tried at a cou
and they have deadly weapons, let's check it out. let's say they're more sophisticated than us and even more sophisticated than henry kissinger and seats say they shot beams of light. in 1980, they say they shot beams of light at r.a.f. and we have a joint base. and they also saw a disk like object flying around. they parlayed that into a book that cite 120 retired and current officers who have had encounters with u.f.o.'s. >> sure. if somebody ever steps off a u.f.o. or something, who would that -- when they say take me to your leader. who would that be? would it be barack obama, president of the united states. no, it would be somebody just appointed to a post at the united nations. she will head up the office for outer space affairs. there she is. >> she's a physicist. >> you're serious, right? >> yeah. >> we're now going to have -- >> they spotted a bunch of galaxies far away, sooner or later, they come over here and we don't want any confusion about who should represent this. we've chosen this malaysian. >> take them here. >> it shows a lot of languages and focuses on physics. persona
yes on prop 24. it's time to give us a break... not the big corporations. >>> tonight on "world news" saving lives, big news about mammograms that could change what young american women decide. >>> seeing the blast. fbi shows what the times square bomber wanted to do. >>> spying casualty, a college roommate make ace secret sex recording. a promising boy commits suicide. the hidden crisis of geeing gay and taunted. >>> choosing faith. one half of americans p change their religion. of the president talks about the moment he chose. and ron claiborne goes home to oakland, california, and finds an idea making the difference in a lot of lives. >>> good evening. big news for american women who are so confused and maddened by all of those conflicting instructions on mammograms. less than a year ago, you'll remember a government panel say women do not need regular mammograms until the age of 50. well, now, today, a major news study says mammograms in your 40s, can dramatically save lives from breast cancer. and dr. richard besser is here with guidance tonight, rich. >> that's right. we s
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led b the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the causef this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situati like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a talibanpokesman claimg responsibilit
the president's team was torn apart over the u.s. strategy in afghanistan. so, is this a white house divided? >>> sexting outrage, three women accuse a wisconsin district attorney sending them sexually charged text messages yet he remains in office. we'll speak with one of the women at the center of the growing controversy. >>> and gearing up. mel gibson's former girlfriend hires a dream team of attorneys in her fight against embattled star. but new e-mails reveal a bizarre new twist, early this wednesday but new e-mails reveal a bizarre new twist, early this wednesday morning, september 22nd, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. enjoy your last few hours of summer before fall officially begins tonight. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> i'm harry smith. i guess we'll also have paris, at least paris to talk about anyway. she famously pled her cocaine charges in las vegas recently, gets on a plane, decided to go to japan and she's met by the authorities in japan with sort of a maybe not. maybe you should go home. we'll have that story coming up in a bit. we begin this m
weather center tracking all of this for us this morning. so are they still in a situation where the waters are still rising now? >> no, the river at least at portage did crest last night. but it's going to remain above flood stage for quite some time. not only across wisconsin, but southern and central parts of minnesota. we've got all these rivers that are actually draining into the mississippi. and we're going to see some issues, i think, downstream from there, as well. so that's issue number one. issue number two is -- more immediate concerns, what's going on in portage. here's where the river crested. the record is is 20.5 feet. it crested just above that last night. and now it's at about 20.2 feet. we're at near record strange. major flood stage, but not expected to come back down below flood stage really until late wednesday into thursday. so we've got quite some time before this river really gets below the danger zone. and what i mean by danger zone is, well, usually after a river crests, we can relax, but because of this situation where you have all of that pressure on this very, v
in a double murder is put to death in virginia, the first woman executed in the u.s. in five years. >>> and flood evacuations. torrential rains trigger flood emergencies and flood evacuations in wisconsin and minnesota. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 24th, this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 24th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everyone. good to see you. >>> a u.s. astronaut and two russian cosmonauts will try again today to return to earth, in orbit more than six months aboard the international space station. ground controllers have to figure out what went wrong yesterday. clamps failed to open. our space consultant was at the kennedy space center as this drama unfolded. >> reporter: this was a very unusual problem, unprecedented glitch the normally reliable docking mechanism on the space station, a russian mek nechls with hooks and latches designed to release on xhangd to let the craft free to come back to earth. they tried to do that and were unable to get the system to respond. the hooks and latches simply didn't open. th
sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that. >>> first let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin, some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. >>> "today"today a panel appoin president obama begins its investigation into the oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 131,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves sonatas built before september 10. >>> gas prices are holding steady, the average price for regular now $2.69 a gallon. >>> steve berk will become ceo of nbc universal. burke will replace the current ceo who will step down when the deal closes. >>> overseas markets are higher on wall street. erin burnett is on wall street. >> we're talking about the best september since 1939, we'll see if we can hold through the end of the week. a
coast through the weekend. eric fisher joins us now from ft. lauderdale with the latest. what are you watching, eric? >> i'm watching a lot of rain, tamron, moving into south florida. it is not the type of day that the beach resorts hope for. we are going to see this rain continuing through the afternoon into the evening as well. although winds not going to be a big part of this story. i've got a little personal weather station here. the water is off to my left. when i look at it, we're talking 5 to 15 miles an hour. that's certainly not an epic storm. this isn't going to go down in the history books. in terms of the wind, really not a big deal. it became a tropical storm by reaching wind speeds of 40 miles an hour. as it moves northward, we could see gusts. the 4 to 8 inches of rainfall in south florida, that can pose a problem, especially for the more urban areas. the water stacks up. we have a lot of paved roads. especially as we get into this evening commute, we could -- we always tell people turn around, don't drown. most of the flooding-related fatalities occur when people try t
of americans, but it saved millions of jobs and probably kept us from going into a great depression. the president is an able guy and will find someone to serve him but rahm has been the indispensable man. >> was he a good chief of staff or a failure? >> a good chief of staff and a moderating influence on the obama administration, known as a pragmatist and level-headed guy and after all, why wouldn't you go be mayor of chicago rather than staying in washington? you can stay politically active there even after you die so it's a great retirement system, but, no, it's going to be interesting now to see who he is replaced with, because if he's replaced with an idealogue it will move the administration considerably to the left. if he's replaced with a panetta or posada i think you'll see someone of stature go in there and that will be another leveling influence but basically they need another rahm. >> paul, what about -- what is going on behind the scenes at the white house? is there an exodus? you have david axelrod will be leaving to start to run campaigns. you know, we've had other hi
winds hit an office building that used to be a church, knocking the steeple inside the building, where it almost hit a woman's desk. she was away from her desk at the time and no one was hurt. dramatic, you don't see that everyday. it is now 7:04. back to meredith and al. we had severe thunderstorms last night. >> came rolling >> good morning, off to a fairly quiet start on thursday with a couple of thunderstorms near by. a 30% chance. otherwise, it will onlyis >>> that's your latest wester. matt. >>> thanks so much. to politics, president obama addresses the united nations today as the gop addresses a new plan to deal with the economy and health care. msnbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is here. >> the president is here, annual gathering of world leaders of the united nation. politics looming over everything. november mid-terms. while he's here, republicans are going to a hardware store in virginia to unveil the 2010 version of a contract with america they call their pledge to america. >> reporter: today, republicans will try to recapture what a young firebrand named n
kept us from going into a great depression. rahm has been the right arm of the president. >> he's known as a pragmatist, a level-headed guy. why wouldn't you want to be mayor of chicago as opposed to staying in washington. there's so much more political longevity in chicago. you can stay politically active there even after you die so it's a great retirement system. but it's going to be interesting to see who he is replaced with. if he's replaced with an idealog it will move them to the left. if he's replaced with someone of stature, in there but they need another rahm. >> what about -- what is going on behind the scenes at the white house? is there an exodus? david axelrod is leaving to start to run campaign. we've had other high-profile people leaving. summers leaving. what's going on? is this the normal course of events? >> absolutely. >> the average tenure for a senior white house official is 18 months and we're past that 18-month mark already. it's always the case that at two years, people turn around and i think it's good. good for the house. for any white house. i think the presid
to the u.s. newt gingrich unveiled his plan on the steps of the capitol in 1994. >> we're offering the boldest contract in the history of the united states. >> reporter: even nancy pelosi put forth a promised agenda before democrats won control in 2006. the contract includes specific pieces of legislation. many of which republicans have already tied. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: and failed to get through the democratic congress. the pledge hasn't been released yet. but democrats are attacking it. calling it a return to what they call the failed policies of the bush years. as the democratic leader of the house, his office put it, the pledge should read something like this. i pledge allegiance to the wealthiest of the wealthy, who we will protect before the middle class. in other words, george, the campaign is well under way. >> jon karl, thank you very much. >>> the president was taking it on last night, as well. he's here in new york to speak to the united nations this morning. all the fallout after bob woodward's bombshell of a book. jake tapper is here with the la
square were lucky shahzad was incompetent. used the wrong bomb making material and faulty detonators. today we learned he was to set off another bomb if he got away with the first one but don't know where. >> pierre thomas, thank you for reporting tonight. >>> we just got a fascinating new portrait of who we are in america, how we've changed our daily lives in this recession, everything from marriage to moving. numbers from the census bureau and stories behind them from sharon a sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: the american dream of a home and family to fill it, just one of the casualties of the recession. the number of married couples, now at a record low. and more young people say they're now putting off marriage until they feel more financially secure. >> i put off my wedding because i was laid off twice in one year. >> reporter: setting off a chain reaction with far reaching implications. single people are less likely to buy homes, to have kids, to save. >> i think it may take many years for children and families to really recover from this. >> reporter: and remember a decade ago, wh
journal" poll that 86% of americans think that u.s. companies outsource too much. putting the puzzle together, the republicans don't give a damn. republicans would rather see american companies hire workers in china than give americans, who have, well, nothing. give them a measly $300 check to get them through the next week. the party who pretends to be, let's see, christian, valued, wrap themselves in the flag, and blast these lee greenwood songs along every campaign, really they're just nothing but fraudulent in my opinion. there's nothing more american or christian than helping out your fellow man when they fall on hard times and we're in the midst of hard times. republicans have proven that they have no economic patriotism and only worship at the altar of the almighty dollar. so this election, and we'll talk a lot about this on the march in saturday in washington, this is really about the soul of the country, isn't it? i'm not convinced that it's base versus base because there's a lot of people that are caught in the middle of this economic strife that didn't think that they were
meetings, town hall meetings and a lady asked a couple of tough questions. one was tell us about your faith. the other was will you eat one of my husband's red hot chilli peppers. >> i think he's been trying to do what we've been talking about which is connect and on different levels where there are questions, he's going there. that connection with the woman on the economy the other day, still sort of reverberates today because it was a seminal moment for this president and this country in terms of how people feel. he's putting himself out there. i commend him for it. i think it's hard for him. >> i think it's very hard for him. you can tell with him answering that question. >> i read the "times" story. as a guy who grew up in a southern baptist church. my parents took me there in the morning. they made me go to training union at night even when the super bowl was on. we were there wednesday night. we were there friday night. i grew up in an evangelical culture. i see you smirking wondering what happened to me. so i look through that statement, and when he says things like, jesus died for m
us here in new york city. good morning, everyone. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> and we got soaked around here yesterday. good morning, everyone, i'm harry smith. of course in the midwest there's still a lot of cleanup and a lot of water piled up all over the place there. and the big story, then, turns out to be in southern california. california, a record-breaking heat wave making l.a. feel more like death valley. in downtown los angeles yesterday, thermometers topped out at 113 degrees, an all-time high. more than 30,000 customers lost power. and the l.a. department of water and power says it recorded its highest-ever demand for electricity. "early" show national correspondent hattie kauffman reports. >> reporter: talk about scorching. los angeles topped out at 113 degrees, the hottest day in l.a. history. it edged out the previous record set in 1990 by one degree. >> i'm going to melt. >> quite frankly, you can feel your skin searing in the heat of it. >> reporter: normally cool air blows in offshore but a high pressure system trapped the heat, which is not good news for firefighters b
a guardrail sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that coming up this morning. now, matt, back to you at the white house. >> thanks very much. we've got a lot to get to. first, let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin. some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. people in minnesota are also dealing with major flood damage. >>> today a panel appointed by president obama starts its investigation into the bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 139,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves 2011 sonatas built before september 10th. >>> with the summer driving season now over, gas prices are holding steady, according to the lundberg survey. the average price for regular, now $2.69 a gallon. >>> comcast chief operating officer, stev
. >> young people have access to all technology. and they have the ability, unlike us, to use it. they know intuitively how to use these things. they don't have the ethics developed in life to understand -- obviously it's an extreme case of right and wrong. >> they can't figure out what strikes these kids as a prank ends up being something that costs a live. >> so ease sy to do. >> what is the nerve that hit everybody and us that made us say, that is the saddest thing? what is it here that is getting to us so much. >> i don't know. i think the kid -- >> the kid, kind of awkward, quiet sort of kid. >> played the violin. >> i also think he was struggling with his sexuality. it was a leap for him to do what he was doing in privacy and then to have it broadcast -- >> it's a type of bullying. >> which is so prevalent today. >> it went from zero to 200 miles an hour he was bullied and brought down by his own fears because they were plastered across the internet for everybody that he knows who is important to him to see. it's unbelievably cruel. >> probably including a lot of people who had no ide
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